Many recovery programs are designed with the 12 steps in mind. These steps have been utilized for nearly 100 years as the basis for the Alcoholics Anonymous program and today guide more than 200 addiction recovery programs. The 12 steps are a set of guiding principles and acceptance statements designed to help a person realize that he or she is powerless over addiction and that outside help, such as from a spiritual source or otherwise, is often needed.
Examples of the 12 steps include:
These 12 steps provide an important framework for recovery programs and for the addicts themselves. Through continued participation in 12-step programs, thousands of people in Trenton and the United States have continued to overcome their addictions.
Addiction treatment therapies are behavioral-focused approaches to helping a person maintain his or her sobriety. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, behavioral therapies may accomplish the following:
These goals are executed through models of addiction treatment therapy. For example, motivational interviewing is a model that addresses a person’s motivation to change. This therapy involves working in a one-on-one or group setting and asking goal-oriented questions of a person who has struggled with substance abuse. Instead of educating the person about the rewards of sobriety, the person is instead encouraged to find his or her own motivations for achieving sobriety. The theory behind this model is if the person is motivated to become sober on his or her own, the person is more invested in recovery.
Examples of therapies that incorporate motivational interviewing techniques include group meetings, individual counseling and the SMART recovery program, which stands for Self-Management and Recovery Training.
Motivational incentives are another model of addiction treatment therapy. This model involves providing a person with rewards and/or incentives for continued abstinence. In a residential treatment program, this may involve rewarding a person for excellent group participation or for achieving two weeks of sobriety. The sobriety chips awarded in Alcoholics Anonymous are another example of motivational incentives as a person actively works toward achieving the milestones over time to earn a chip.
Utilizing behavioral therapies is just one of the 13 principles the National Institute on Drug Abuse has outlined in its “Principles of Effective Treatment” document. These principles can help guide a person to select the appropriate rehabilitation facility and recovery program(s). Additional examples of effective treatment principles include that treatment should cover the multiple needs of the person, not just the substance abuse. This can include other mental health disorders or chronic conditions.
Another principle is that no single treatment or recovery program is right for everyone. A person has to find the programs and support that he or she best responds to. This may take some trial and error, but finding the right program can help the person maintain a lifetime of sobriety.
To learn more about rehab recovery programs and therapy, contact Alcohol and Drug Treatment Centers Trenton at 609-770-6140.
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